One of the most important jobs of any leader is learning how to improve company morale. The better employee morale is, the better your company is going to perform. Employees with high morale work harder, smarter, and care as much about the company as you do.
There are several things a leader can do to increase the morale of his employees, and all of them center on using leadership skills.
The first thing a leader must understand is that people work for more than money. Just throwing money at employees with low morale will not solve the problem.
Employee morale is not based on how much you pay; rather it is more about how you treat your employees. This is great news for small companies that have limited budgets. Let us look at how to improve company morale using leadership skills instead of money.
The number one morale booster is to praise your employees. It is amazing how much it means to someone to have their boss tell them they are doing a good job.
Do away with selected levels of management. Instead of having supervisors, put your employees in teams and let them solve problems in that format. They will appreciate that you trust them enough to not have someone supervising their every move and decision.
Give small, frequent rewards for accomplishments. These rewards should be given to a team when possible instead of an individual. They can include gift certificates to Starbucks, free lunches, getting to go to lunch with you, and many other tokens of appreciation that will not break your company budget.
Have company parties whenever you have the chance. You do not need to wait on the holidays to have a company party. Use someone’s birthday as an excuse, or just plan a party for no particular reason. Your employees will love this chance to slow down for a day and get to know you and their teammates better.
You can also boost morale by keeping your employees informed about how the company is doing. Share both the good and the bad news with your employees. They will appreciate you more, and feel more invested in helping you grow a strong and successful business.
These are just a few of the leadership skills you can use as a leader to improve company morale and the motivation of individual employees.
Once you have successfully applied these techniques, you can venture farther afield, soliciting and using employee suggestions for improved strategies and workflow improvements.